a servant, should we think it strange that He should so use His Sons? Every Son of God who is baptized in the Spirit is not only one of Our Lord's Brethren, but is also indwelt by the Third Person of The Trinity. Why should he therefore think it extraordinary to prophesy? It is indeed only too easy to become shortsighted and live as men, as Paul says, so that we only see Mr. or Mrs. "So-and-So", and overlook the marvellous truth that they are members of The Royal Family, and Heirs of God, and that the Spirit of Prophecy is resident in their bodies.
But whatever our doctrine may have been, in practice we have found it tremendously difficult to believe that God The Spirit is within us. If we were fully to believe this, we should expect Him continually to manifest Himself in our Assemblies in all the Nine Gifts when needed. The Baptism in The Spirit was not offered to every believing Israelite; they were but servants, and it was their Lord who chose whom He would, often against their will, as Moses or Ezekiel, to do His Work. But from His own Family God will withhold no good thing but will freely give us all; and it depends upon us, not Him, whether we accept the Spirit and His gifts or not. Therefore we are exhorted to covet them.
We may now return to the subject of this article, Prophecy. The word "prophet" simply means one who is the mouthpiece of another, who for some reason or another is not able to speak for himself. Thus God said to Moses, who pleaded his inability to speak to Pharaoh, that his brother